Connecticut waste oil recycler penalized
A New Haven, Connecticut, waste oil recycling facility
will pay a $42,075 penalty for violating federal regulations covering
the storage and handling of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs).
Active Oil, Inc. has a permit issued by the Connecticut Department of
Environmental Protection to recycle waste oil. Its permit requires that
all waste oil accepted by the facility be sampled for the purpose of
identifying any contamination, including PCBs. It is illegal to recycle
waste oil containing PCBs at concentrations of 50 parts per million or
In December 2003, Active Oil accepted a shipment of waste oil without
sampling it before placing it into one of its receiving tanks. This resulted
in the failure to detect PCB contamination that was present in the waste
oil. The contamination eventually spread to all three of the facilities
receiving tanks and to its bulk storage tank because the tanks are interconnected.
Some of the contaminated waste oil was subsequently loaded by Active
Oil onto another company’s truck as part of a commercial transaction.
The entire facility had to shut down for a significant period of time
to address the contamination in its tanks. Active Oils acceptance of
the PCB-contaminated waste oil with PCB concentrations in excess of 50
parts per million caused it to violate the PCB storage requirements.
Facilities that store PCB waste must obtain EPA’s approval. Also, loading
the PCB-contaminated waste oil onto another company’s tank truck as part
of a commercial transaction constitutes an illegal distribution of PCBs.
Active Oil has since remedied the PCB contamination at its facility and
is no longer in violation of the federal PCB regulations.